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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Thumbprint Cookies

almond [1]

On the eleventh day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Eleven thumbprint cookies,

Ten festive pinwheels [2],

Nine shortbread cookies [3],

Eight gingerbread people [4],

Seven layer cookies [5],

Six Snickerdoodles [6],

Five Sugar Cookies [7],

Four Viennese Crescents [8],

Three Candy Cane cookies [9],

Two Toffee Squares [10],

And a cookie shaped like a Christmas tree [11].

These classic cookies can be made with any flavor of jam. For a delicious variety, try blueberry [12], boysenberry [13]cherry, [14] apricot [15], or blackberry [16].

Thumbprint Cookies


For icing drizzle:


  1. In a medium bowl, beat butter on medium speed for about 30 seconds. Add the the granulated sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Beat until well combined.
  2. Beat in as much flour as you can with electric mixer and then use a wooden spoon to stir in any remaining flour.
  3. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until dough is pliable.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets [18]. Using your thumb, press an indentation into the center of each ball. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of the jam into each indentation and then sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks to finish cooling.
  7. To make the icing, combine powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon water, and 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract in a bowl. Add water until icing is drizzling consistency. Drizzle cookies with the icing.

Package cookies in snowman cookie boxes [19] or snowglobe treat boxes [20].